Ealing looks to remarket Acton Library

Ealing is to review plans for the former Acton Library, following the termination of the deal with Curzon for its redevelopment as a cinema.

The council originally tendered the redevelopment of the library building in 2014 with Curzon Corinthian appointed to redevelop the site for a Curzon cinema. The agreement with Curzon Corinthian has now been terminated.

The site on Acton High Street, at the junction of Winchester Street. It is close to Churchfield Road and Acton Central Overground station and accessible from Acton Town Tube station on the Piccadilly line, which will be a Crossrail station in 2019.

Acton Library is a Grade II listed red-brick property with an ornate façade fronting Acton High Street (A4020). It has two storeys with a part third storey.

It also has a passageway and outside storage area to the rear and a small area of external space to the side.

It is part of a set of historic civic buildings including the Town Hall, swimming baths and Magistrates’ Court, which is sometimes known as the Redbrick Quarter.

The council is seeking a development partner to redevelop the building for a range of uses to help secure the regeneration of central Acton, which could include a cinema as well as options for other commercial uses. The building has the potential for conversion and possible extension subject to the necessary planning consents.

If cabinet approves, the council will be putting the site out to disposal. Tenders will be judged on contribution to the regeneration and vitality of the town centre and on impact on the site.

Ealing Council leader Julian Bell said: “Despite Curzon Corinthian’s circumstances changing and their being unable to proceed with the agreement, residents can be assured the council will be making certain the site will be part of the high quality regeneration in the borough.

“If cabinet approves, council will be inviting bids for this key site in Acton town centre. Partners who can provide creative solutions for this historic building in Acton town centre will be interested in this opportunity.

“Crossrail is going to transform our borough, connecting local people and businesses with jobs and opportunities right across London, and we are working hard to ensure we capitalise on it.”

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